From her experience in medicine to politics, Dr. Ada M. Fisher has excelled at breaking barriers.
Born in Durham, North Carolina and now residing in Salisbury, Dr. Fisher earned her first degree in biology at the University of North Carolina. She went on to earn her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.
After countless contributions to the medical field as a physician, medical director of Amoco Oil Company, and Service Line Director for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Occupational Health Services, Dr. Fisher decided to get involved politics.
Dr. Fisher has always been deeply involved with the Republican Party, including her work on behalf of the George W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Donald J. Trump campaigns.
In addition, she has served as the RNC’s Committeewoman for North Carolina the last nine years.
As a part of the RNC’s celebration of Women’s History Month, we asked Dr. Fisher to share some of her experiences as a Republican woman.
What does being an African American woman in the Republican Party mean to you?
Being an African American woman in the Republican Party means much more than being a face. It means I am going to need to be the one to advocate for women’s issues and for those who often go overlooked.
The Republican Party is the last bastion of hope for democracy and the Constitution in this nation, which is progressively racing towards a brand of socialism where people are more concerned with expanding entitlement programs and not explaining how we will fund it.
When you initially became involved in politics, what was your primary goal?
I have been a Republican for over 50 years. Initially, I got active with the Republican Party in 1996 when I moved back to North Carolina because I felt the Party had lost its calling and its mission was more social activism, not what is in the Constitution. I wanted to help the GOP find solutions that work. This led to my codifying concepts in my book Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What Ails Us.
What advice would you give to women, particularly African American women, who want to become involved in the Republican Party?
First, you have to demonstrate how the Party’s interests are intertwined with who we are. This is why I’ve done through my brochures, booklets and other educational materials to let people of color understand that this is their Republican Party and we are not interlopers.
Second, we have to address issues that people care about in a constitutional and Republican manner. When discussing jobs we have to be mindful of what type, who is in line to get them, as well as the type of future that they have. Social services and entitlement programs – though they may seem desirable – are not defined in the Constitution as a responsibility of the federal government.
Third, the Party must continue our ongoing efforts to train and recruit grassroots activists and candidates who look more like America, and provide them the resources they need to win. We need leaders who rise up from the people, not those who are chosen by the establishment and struggle for relevance.
Fourth, we need to have fun and act like we are enjoying life. We should be offering solutions that will make a difference.
If we tell our stories, share our accomplishments and live our principles we will draw people to the party. If we include in our policy making those affected by them, they will better reflect the right of center nature of our nation. If we continue to be mostly talk with no actions, we will turn folks off.
What are some of your passions or hobbies outside of your role at the RNC?
I love to write and tell stories based on my life, my experiences with family and friends, as well as politics. As a Jewish American, I enjoy what has been too infrequent, time in the Temple.
During my time practicing medicine, I treated and supervised the care for over 100,000 patients. While I haven’t seen it all, I know our country can do better in delivering quality health care for Americans and especially our veterans.
What has been your proudest accomplishment both personally and professionally?
Completing medical school and surviving the racism of educational institutions while maintaining the ability to think for myself has been most important to me. I served as the Medical Director for Amoco Oil which was an invaluable learning opportunity. I also helped draft the Occupational Health Services Standards of Care for corporate America and the Veterans Affairs health system. Keeping America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on the front burner continues to be an important passion.